I want to be a full-time author (ideally), so I was wondering if self-publishing is viable to make a living (for the average self-published author with little to no marketing/advertising, etc.)? I'm a terrible salesperson, so I don't think I can do that part. I think I will just let my writing stand on its own and hope people will love it and spread the word. Or is that being too hopeful? I would go the traditional route, but I hear it can take years to get published--or never, if you're rejected, or if you can't find an agent. And I'm also very reluctant to have the publishers make certain decisions for me (i.e. book cover). I really want to put my books out there for the people to enjoy, but I just don't want to be stuck in limbo and full of doubt and regret. What are your guys' thoughts about this (for those of who are published or are currently in the process of being published)? How did you decide?